Christians of all races and nationalities have reason to fear northern Nigeria. Ansaru, a Boko Haram splinter group, has just released a video proving it has killed 7 men it termed as “Christian foreigners.” Now that Christian foreigners are being targeted, will the international community step up and confront the issue of Islamic extremism in Nigeria?
3/12/2013 Nigeria (AllAfrica) – An insurgent group, Ansaru, has again uploaded a video on the internet to prove it killed the seven foreign workers of Setraco Construction Company in Bauchi, last month.
Reuters, Monday, reported that the group issued a statement in Arabic and English on an affiliate of the Sinam al-Islam network accompanied by screen shots of a video purporting to show the dead hostages.
Ansaru, which kidnapped other foreigners in the past, had blasted into a compound in Jama’are, Bauchi State, using explosives and abducted a Briton, an Italian, a Greek and four Lebanese workers.
The group’s full name is Jama’atu Ansarul Musilimina Fi Biladis Sudan, which roughly translates as “Vanguards for the protection of Muslims in Black Africa”.
In its statement, the group said it decided to kill the hostages, because of attempts by British and Nigerian forces to rescue them.
“We announced the capture of seven Christian foreigners and warned that any attempt by force to rescue them will render their lives in danger,” Ansaru said in the statement.
“The Nigeria and British government operation lead to the death of all the seven Christians foreigners,” the group added.